Some leaders want to get their organization off the ground, demonstrate impact, and validate their worth without draining resources during the critical early stages. Others may believe that the organization’s ultimate success (and their ultimate payoff) will increase if they hold off and leverage all resources toward growth.
But sometimes even after an organization has stabilized, founders take no funds or radically less funding than they deserve. I have a few theories about why this is happening.
1. It feels dirty to raise money to pay for yourself.
When you ask for funds, you’re not asking for your salary. You’re asking for someone to enable the organization to buy materials, recruit and train students, build composting infrastructures, educate teachers, principals, and parents, and build community support for the endeavor. It wouldn’t be dirty if you hired someone to do all of that work for you so that you could launch another site. All of a sudden it would be really easy to justify the cost, and the programmatic value. So cut it out, and value your own contributions.
2. There isn’t enough money to cover program costs and salaries.
3. You don’t know how to value your worth.
Source: Huffington Post